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La Mafia Stands Up For “Tejano Music”

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The La Mafia drought is over. It has been more than a year since Houston’s legendary Tejano band played in San Antonio. That’s scarcer than rain in these parts.

La Mafia returns Saturday to play a concert/dance with Jay Perez and Grupo Massore at the San Antonio Event Center.

Keyboardist and record producer Armando “Mando” Lichtenberger Jr., who founded the group with Oscar De La Rosa, assures that the absence wasn’t anything personal. “We’ve just been booked in other places,” he said.

De La Rosa, a solo star in his own right, has always been La Mafia’s most passionate, outspoken member. There’s another drought on his mind — the one involving Tejano music and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

“The people at the rodeo may not like this, but I think it’s very disrespectful that the rodeo doesn’t respect the Tejano artist. There are still a lot of big Tejano artists that should be performing at that rodeo, indoors not outdoors,” De La Rosa said.

“I don’t think that’s right. I think fans in San Antonio should protest. It’s time we start standing up. I think Tejano artists shouldn’t even play on the grounds. They should just stay away from it until they get the respect and get a spot indoors.”



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